Twelfth Night

'Shall we set about some revels?'

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble presents one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies, Twelfth Night.

When Viola is washed up on the shores of Illyria after a shipwreck, she disguises herself as a man and goes to work for the lovesick Duke Orsino. Orsino immediately sets Viola the task of wooing the Countess Olivia, a nearby lady in deep mourning for her deceased brother. No sooner has Viola become Orsino's love messenger than she finds herself falling in love with him, while Olivia, believing Viola to be a man, finds herself falling head over heels for the resourceful go-between. Meanwhile, Olivia's housekeeper Maria, determined not to become an old maid, abandons the gloom of her mistress' house of mourning for the bright underworld of perpetual party-animal, Sir Toby Belch. Together they devise a scheme to bring down Olivia's haughty, killjoy butler Malvolio once and for all, unleashing a riotous chain of chaos, confusion and obsession.

Set in the lush surrounds of Roma Street Parkland and directed by Rob Pensalfini, QSE's Twelfth Night will whisk you away to a world where disorder triumphs, rebellion is in season and everything is turned gleefully on its head. Featuring more music than any other Shakespeare play, which in typical QSE style will be performed live by the cast, QSE's Twelfth Night is sure to be the hottest Shakespeare party of the year.

The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble is proud to partner with the Red Cross, ARAFMI QLD, and Communify to present the A Night at the Theatre initiative. Click here to support this initiative.


  • Preview: Wed 24 Aug 7:30pm ($25 tickets, all seats)
  • Gala Night: Thu 25 Aug 7:30pm (Mingle with the cast and crew and enjoy food and refreshments after the show)
  • Season: Aug 26-28, Aug 31 - Sep 4, Sep 7-8 at The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland (RSP), Brisbane City; Sep 10 at the Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), Cleveland (see below for times)
  • Q&A: Thu Sep 1 - 20 min Question and Answer session after the show
  • Duration: 2 hours 40 min (including 20 min interval)
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1 Aug 24 at RSP
7:30pm Preview
Aug 25 at RSP
7:30pm Gala
Aug 26 at RSP
Aug 27 at RSP
2pm Matinée
Aug 28 at RSP
6pm Twilight
Week 2 Aug 31 at RSP
Sep 1 at RSP
7:30pm Q&A
Sep 2 at RSP
Sep 3 at RSP
2pm Matinée
Sep 4 at RSP
2pm Matinée
Week 3 Sep 7 at RSP
Sep 8 at RSP
Sep 10 at RPAC
6pm Twilight


  • At Roma Street Parkland (RSP):
    • Full: $30
    • Concession: $25 *
    • Group Discount (10+): $24

  • At Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC):
    • Full: $43 (early-bird, booked before Aug 1)
    • Seniors/Pensioners: $40 (early-bird, booked before Aug 1)
    • Group Discount (10+): $35
    • Students: $28

* At RSP, concessions are for full-time students, pensioners, health care card holders, MEAA card holders, and 4ZZZ subscriber card holders

Click our Book Tickets Online button below to book for the season at the Roma Street Parkland (RSP) - for information and bookings for our performance at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), click here. Please note that online bookings for our Roma Street Parkland season close one hour before the show's start time, but may still be purchased at the box office (subject to availability).

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Cast and Crew

  • Director: Rob Pensalfini
  • Production Manager: Kylii Hobson
  • Stage Manager: Josie Dodson
  • Assistant Director: Rebecca Murphy
  • Design: Jessica Haack
  • Lighting Designer: Steven Tibbits
  • Music: Rob Pensalfini and Silvan Rus
  • Photographer: Benjamin Prindable Photography and SMAC Photography
  • James Elliott - Valentine, Captain, Officer, Priest
  • Liliana Macarone - Duke Orsino
  • Rebecca Murphy - Maria
  • Anthea Patrick - Viola
  • Rob Pensalfini - Feste
  • Paige Poulier - Sir Toby Belch
  • Dudley Powell - Antonio
  • Silvan Rus - Sebastian, Fabian
  • Colin Smith - Malvolio
  • Linda Taimre - Countess Olivia
  • Chris Vaag - Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Venue Details for Roma Street Parkland

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland

Click here for the official Roma Street Parkland map, or here for a Google Map to the venue.

The audience is seated onstage in the performance area, which is under cover. In the event of very heavy rain and/or high winds, the performance/seating area may become unsafe and the show may be cancelled - in this case, exchanges/refunds can be arranged at Front of House.

How To Get There

Train: The Roma Street train station is located directly beside Roma Street Parkland. All suburban trains stop here providing easy access to the Parkland by using Platform 10 exit.

Bus: Brisbane City Council buses stop at several locations near Roma Street Parkland. Visit the TransLink website for more information.

Car: There are two main road entrances:

Roma Street entrance - driving towards the City on Roma Street, past the Transit Centre and Holiday Inn, and turn left.

Wickham Terrace - Gregory Terrace - College Road intersection - driving out of the City along Wickham Terrace, take a left hand turn before the intersection lights straight into the Parkland and drive down Parkland Boulevard.

There are 200 car parks within the Roma Street Parkland grounds and a further 2,000 in close proximity. A 4-hour limit applies to bays on Parkland Boulevard from 6am-8pm.

Disability Parking: Disability parking bays are located near The Lookout, at College Close carpark, on Parkland Boulevard near Melange Café and on the lower level opposite Queensland Railway Platform 10. There are a small number of Disability Parking bays located near the Amphitheatre. No fees apply for Disability Parking at any time.